codfish aristocracy

(redirected from aristocracy)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

codfish aristocracy

A disparaging term for people who are recently rich. It was originally applied to the nouveau riche in 19th-century Boston. Primarily heard in US. I can't stand that members of the codfish aristocracy think that they belong at formal occasions with the more established families.
References in periodicals archive ?
This is a fine corrective to an old historical charge: that Adams learned his love of aristocracy from de Lolme.
The extinction of the clans of her father, husband, and son-in-law mirrored the broader crisis of the medieval aristocracy and its total disappearance from the mass killings of the members.
Ohlmeyer concludes neatly by comparing her Irish results with the contemporary establishment of a Catholic Habsburg landed aristocracy in Bohemia and Upper Austria, indicating the wider significance of her study in the consolidation of Europe's Ancien Regime.
To rectify this erroneous impression, her study covers aristocracy in England in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
Croquet is a product of Victorian aristocracy and stately homes.
For democrats, aristocracy adds insult to injury by adding social distinctions of birth to material and political advantage conferred by the brute power of money.
He examines exchange and coinage and how they may relate to changes in socio-economic structures, arguing that they reflect the changing role of the aristocracy.
In reality the only group he has been protecting is Cyprus' labour aristocracy, to which our president, as a deputy, House president and president has always belonged.
How the aristocracy came to power over the years has been based on violence and blood.
According to reports, the 'Live Through This' singer is even reading up on proper royal protocol and likes to keep books by specialist publisher Debrett's, famous for its guides to the aristocracy.
20: 7-4 Brittons Empire, Lady Aristocracy, 11-2 Vicarious, 6 Paulees Knight, 9 Beat Them Bud, Duke Of Argyle.
You might ask the question - how did the aristocracy gain all that land?
Any and all tidbits about the Hollywood aristocracy are always considered breaking news.
uk is set to test the genealogy search engine's claim that a quarter of the population have direct links to the aristocracy.
In this important new study, Ann Williams shows why and how the English aristocracy operated individually and as a community during the years before the Norman Conquest, addressing their ranks, occupations and their positions in society.